Utility man Ryan Freel has signed with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, reports Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News. Unable to land even a minor league deal this winter, Freel joins Sidney Ponson as former big leaguers who've headed to the indy ranks this offseason.
The 34-year-old Freel played for three teams in 2009, hitting .193/.290/.216 in 101 plate appearances. He's been going downhill ever since hitting .274/.368/.384 for the Reds from 2003-2006, but at least he can play all three outfield spots plus second and third bases.
I guess its better than not playing.
Never liked the guy after he admitted to having an imaginary friend that he would talk to during the games. It’s like, seriously? You’re a big leaguer, dude. Try and act like one.
I’m not sure how imaginary he is though – I think he’s still playing second for us… :/
Ha! I love it.
I never really liked the guy, I don’t know why I just didn’t, probably because he was a Red and I hate all the NL Central teams, except the Buccos. But good for him, he’s able to do something he loves and has played it for a long time. Maybe it was his all out style of play that shortened his career, but at least he had fun doing it.
He always made some nice defensive plays then go to the dl the day after.
Did the Patriots offer Farney a contract, too?
I work at the Somerset Patriots stadium…sick now i get to see the almighty farney